What should be clear by now is that immigrant communities remain the most vulnerable group in Trump’s America. From day one, the Trump Administration has systematically targeted immigrants and their families, aiming to jail or deport as many as possible.
But that’s not enough for them. Trump wants to dramatically change our immigration system to limit family unification and prevent black and brown people from coming to the U.S., all while holding DACA recipients hostage — and Congressional Republicans are more than happy to oblige him. Here’s how.
THE HOUSE IS SET TO VOTE ON TWO ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS
Speaker Ryan announced this week that the House will vote on two immigration proposals the week of June 18, both of which have been backed by the Trump White House: the “Goodlatte bill” and one negotiated by Paul Ryan and the White House (“White House 2.0”). Neither of these bills would provide real relief for Dreamers, nor would they end the White House’s family separation policy. What they would do is fund Trump’s wall and turbocharge Trump’s deportation machine.
To learn more about these bills, click here: https://www.indivisible.org/resource/queen-hill-breaking-four-immigration-proposals-play/
Both of these bills hold Dreamers hostage in exchange for radical reductions in the number of brown and black immigrants entering this country and massive spending on the border wall. Republicans- be they moderate, members of the Freedom Caucus, or in leadership- are using Dreamers as a political ploy while they advance the Trump administration’s racist agenda. It is despicable and it cannot pass.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
At the end of the day, Dreamers’ best chance at a clean pathway to citizenship with no harm is with a Congress where Republican enablers are voted out and progressives who will stand up for them voted in. That said, members of the House need to hear from you that these proposals are unacceptable, be they Democrat or Republican. We’re including a call script below, with different asks based on who your member is. Republican leadership will be whipping their members hard, particularly on this second proposal so Members need to hear from you.
Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [Rep] to vote NO on both the Goodlatte bill and the Paul Ryan proposal. These bills are taking Dreamers hostage in exchange for dramatic spending on the wall and racist changes to our immigration system that prevent people from reuniting with their family members abroad. If [insert name here] supports immigrants, they will vote no.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Rep] wants to protect Dreamers, but [she / he] thinks it is important that we fix our broken immigration system and ensure that people are respecting and obeying our immigration laws. These bill will also end family separation at the border while also allowing the best and brightest to come and contribute our economy.
Caller: That is not true. Neither of these bills would stop family separations at the border. They would only make it worse and make it easier to deport parents and keep them from their kids. Dreamers cannot be a bargaining chip for Trump’s racist policies and border wall. If you care about Dreamers and immigrants, you must vote no on both of these proposals.
Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to [Rep].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [Rep] decides to do